Investigating language use through corpusbased analyses of association patterns

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Abstract

The present paper argues that analyses of language use provide an important complementary perspective to traditional linguistic descriptions, and that empirical approaches are required for such investigations. Corpus-based techniques are particularly well suited to these research purposes, enabling investigation of research questions that were previously disregarded. Specifically, the paper discusses the use of corpus-based techniques to identify and analyze complex “association patterns”: the systematic ways in which linguistic features are used in association with other linguistic and non-linguistic features. Several illustrative analyses are discussed, investigating the use of lexical features, grammatical features, and the overall patterns of variability among texts and registers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)171-197
Number of pages27
JournalInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1996

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Keywords

  • Association patterns
  • Collocations
  • Grammatical analysis
  • Language use
  • Lexical analysis
  • Register variation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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